Psychics who charged an elderly Russian woman almost $20,000 to lift a supposed curse have themselves been charged with fraud and now face up to 10 years in jail, prosecutors said Thursday.
The 75-year-old resident from the Volga River city of Yaroslavl called a phone number she saw in a television ad earlier this year to ask about her gravely ill sister, Moscow prosecutors said in a statement.
She then started to receive phone calls from psychics who persuaded her that her family members would die if she did not pay to lift a “horrible spell,” said statement, posted online.
As a result, the woman spent all of her savings, totaling 610,000 rubles ($18,500) – and only then filed a complaint, the statement said, without specifying the number of psychics who had been charged.
Consulting psychics, especially for love issues, is popular in Russia. But this exploitation of the elderly is pretty low-down, dirty stuff.